Fuel Tax Credit Scheme gains sup­port

Australian Farmers & Dealers Journal - - NEWS -

WESTERN Aus­tralian farm group WAFarm­ers has been work­ing with the Na­tional Farm­ers' Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) to en­sure the Fuel Tax Cred­its Scheme con­tin­ues to ben­e­fit its mem­bers and the wider agri­cul­tural sec­tor. Fol­low­ing calls for the Fed­eral Govern­ment to make cuts to the scheme that pro­vides a re­bate on fuel used for off-road pur­poses, af­fected in­dus­tries in­clud­ing agriculture have taken a proac­tive ap­proach to en­sure the ra­tio­nale be­hind the tax credit is fully un­der­stood by de­ci­sion mak­ers. WAFarm­ers board mem­ber Lyn Slade, and her hus­band Meat Sec­tion senior vice pres­i­dent David Slade, have re­cently been fea­tured as a case study in a newly re­leased Fuel Tax Cred­its Coali­tion pub­li­ca­tion. The pub­li­ca­tion, ti­tled ‘Pow­er­ing Re­gional Aus­tralia: The Case for Fuel Tax Cred­its', ar­gues that the fuel ex­cise in­tro­duced to con­trib­ute to the cost of build­ing pub­lic roads should not ap­ply to diesel used off-road or in off grid power gen­er­a­tion. Mrs Slade says it is im­por­tant that de­ci­sion mak­ers, govern­ment de­part­ments and city-based politi­cians re­ally un­der­stand what the tax was put in place for and en­sure that off-road users are fairly treated. “The orig­i­nal in­tent of the tax was to main­tain and up­grade roads,” Mrs Slade said. “There are a lot of de­ci­sion mak­ers who don't know why the tax was orig­i­nally in­tro­duced, so it's im­por­tant that peo­ple are fully in­formed about the off-road uses of fuel for vehicles.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.